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An engaging documentary about the ubiquitous crow
Who should see this film:
People with interest in nature, or cognitive science, Tippi Hedren, and fans of the Planet Earth series.
A nature documentary should fascinate the audience, as well as inspire amazement and appreciation of the natural world. A Murder Of Crows does this, and stands out among the numerous animal documentaries at this year’s festival.
The film introduces us to one of the most common genus of birds -Corvus- through the eyes of the scientists that are studying the crow’s brain. These birds are far more adaptive and intelligent than most of us ever thought. With complex information-sharing and social learning systems, the crow has caught the attention of the scientific community and even the US Department of Defense.
Director, Susan Fleming lays out the documentary in a way that keeps the audience totally engaged. The film is well shot and the narration of Nora Young is beautiful. The only distracting elements are the few close up shots of crow, superimposed over another background, and a small hand-full of cheesy lines in the narration.
This film will screen again today, Saturday, Feb. 13, 1:45 p.m. at Metro 4